Madden NFL 09: All-Play Review
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Madden NFL 09: All-Play box art
System: X360, PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA Tiburon 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA Sports 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 12, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The single largest addition to the game, and what sets the Wii version of Madden 2009 above the rest, is the new Call Your Shots mode. It's easy, use the Wii controller to pick a new route for any or all receivers to run, no matter how deep or how ridiculous the route may be. Call Your Shots mode is featured in both regular gameplay and 5-on-5 mode, so players should be sure to take advantage of this and be truly creative for the first time in a football game on console.


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Party mode has received some updates but is a continuation of more of the same. The mini-games and quizzes are fun and all, but there is very little new there.

Gamers that have been through that particular area are likely to avoid spending much time in this area besides just stat crunching their Miis. If Madden games are a new addition to a game collection, Party mode definitely has a lot to offer after its years of cultivation.


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In the end, the Madden Franchise has been a tremendous success for all involved. EA has done a great job in Madden All-Play 2009 for the Wii by taking the motion controls and skillfully bringing that element into Madden football. As much success as EA has had on the Wii, though, All-Play is a mild disappointment with its lack of upgrades within the Franchise and Superstar modes. Yet, the gameplay will continue to develop, and the additions of 5-on-5 and Call Your Shots are great for casual play, but the overall hardcore element of the game definitely needs to be ramped up.

By Ryan Kerst
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.7
Graphics
Graphics again are improved as well as actions within the game. 5-on-5 is cartoony goodness.
4.1
Control
Definitely easy to use, but some controls didn't seem to function terribly smoothly.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Not a huge fan of EA soundtracks, but All-Play 2009 has a few good songs to chock up in the "unnoticeables" column.
3.9

Play Value
Worth playing if you're into the casual elements, but hardcore gamers won't get their fill here.

4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Fun, Accessible EA SPORTS All-Play: With or without the Nunchuk, anybody can dominate the game like a pro with EA SPORTS All-Play. An all-new Wii exclusive playcalling system featuring simplified one-button controls and new assisted player movement make Madden NFL 09 the most accessible Wii football game ever.
  • All-New 5-on-5 Mode: Neighborhood-style tackle football jumps to life exclusively on the Wii. Fast-paced gameplay and a smaller playing field deliver high-scoring games that are over-the-top and in-your- face. A new custom field and arcade-style NFL players await you!
  • All-New Playcalling: Players of all skill levels can be competitive by calling plays from three unique playbooks, ranging from Easy to Advanced. Intelligent Coach Tips provide instant feedback to help you become a better player on the fly.
  • Call Your Shot: Unleash the power of the Wii Remote by creating your own passing plays in real-time. Select a receiver then point to a spot on-screen showing players where to run.
  • Celebrate Your Success: Score a touchdown or deliver a drive-killing sack to trigger all-new celebration moments. Pump up the crowd even more by creating your own signature celebration using the Wii-mote or Nunchuk.
  • Improved Tackling System: It's now even easier to pull off momentum-changing tackles on defense. Swing the Wii Remote in any direction and watch as your defender targets in on the ball carrier and lays down a bone-jarring hit.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 480p (Progressive Scan, Widescreen).


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